One of the joys of traveling is experiencing something new. It’s why the travel industry is constantly racking its collective brains to find new things, be it new places to visit, new hotels to stay in or new types of food to eat. But new quickly becomes popular and then it becomes old, as in ‘old hat’.
So we say ‘bravo’ to the Guardian newspaper which recently asked its readers to write in and suggest their best, as in weirdest, travel tips.
What’s clear is that these Guardian readers don’t rate anything to do with Disney, or cruising or even skiing. But they do have oodles of imagination.
Check out their top three winning tips and if you’re interested in reading all ten, then click here to read the whole article.
So the winning tip was to visit a theme park. OK. So far so normal. Except this theme park is in a Transylvanian salt mine in Romania!
Apparently, the 120-metre-deep Salina Turda salt mine was built in the 17th century. It was briefly used during the second world war as a bomb shelter and then as a cheese storage facility but more recently it has been converted into an underground theme park. Naturally. It also boasts an underground lake with rowing boats that can be used to explore the mine. We’d recommend seeing one during a particularly rainy half term holiday.
The next winning suggestion was to visit the Stuttgart Pig Museum in Germany. Other pig museums can only look on with envy because the Schweine Museum is the largest in the world boasting 50,000 items on show – over three floors and in 25 rooms – which detail every aspect of the pig: from hunting, farming and butchery to the role of the pig in human culture. Vegans and vegetarians might want to give it this one a miss as pork and ham dominate the restaurant menu.
In third place came the Trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace in Salzburg, Austria. Apparently, the fountains were built within the grounds of the Schloss Hellbrunn by an eccentric Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, who enjoyed playing practical jokes on his guests.
His jokes included rigging up a banqueting table with water jets that sprayed unsuspecting guests and building a grotto that traps guests with a maze of water sprays. (His parties were obviously ‘must-attend’ events). He even constructed a water-operated musical theatre.
As part of the fun is walking around and waiting to be hit by a jet of water, we suggest visiting this one during particularly hot and sunny half term holidays.